As any Glee fan will know, today (May 19) marks the tenth anniversary of the first episode of the award winning Fox TV show. Over the six seasons there were many iconic songs covered by the hugely talented cast and there is no doubt that I definitely still listen to new songs and think “oh how good would that have sounded on Glee“.
Through the life of the show, I cultivated an epic iTunes playlist of songs that featured on the show, and I still listen to the playlist to this day. So to celebrate ten years of Glee check out my favourite songs that I still listen to and reminds me of what it means to be.
Being a fan of the show brought be life long friends, and I have had amazing experiences because of it, and as Rachel Berry says “Being part of something special does not make you special; something is special because you are a part of it”. And that sums up perfectly how I feel about Glee.
“Don’t Stop Believing”
This is definitely the song that most people will think of when you mention Glee, and the Journey song was featured multiple times during the run of the show. For me although I love all the various versions, there is no doubt that the version I listen to the most is the original appearance way back in Season 1, Episode 1. This song brought the New Directions together and will always have a special place in my Gleeky heart.
This song is course a musical classic, and when Rachel Berry (Lea Michele) and Kurt Hummel (Chris Colfer) had their first diva off it took on a whole new lease on life. Featuring in the Season 1 episode “Wheels” we saw Kurt throw the final note to protect his dad, and it was the song which made me fall in love with Kurt (and Chris Colfer).
“I Want To Hold Your Hand”
This version of the Beatles classic has to be one of my most played songs from the show, and it perfectly showcases what an amazing singer and actor Chris Colfer is. Of course, it is definitely one for the feels as during Season 2 in the episode “Grilled Cheesus” Kurt is singing this for his dad, the epic Burt Hummel (Mike O’Malley) who is in hospital after a heart attack. I dare anyone with a heart not to feel emotional watching Colfer’s performance.
What needs to be said about this song and the part it played in the show. During Season 2 in “Never Been Kissed” Kurt goes to spy on one of the competing Glee clubs and ends up Dalton Academy where he is introduced to Blaine Anderson (Darren Criss) and as they say the rest is history. As a definite Klaine fan, I get the feels every time I listen to this or watch the episode because little did any fan, or anyone connected with the show, appreciate the impact the introduction of this dapper gent would have on on the show. The song was featured again in Season 4 where Criss broke all our hearts but let’s stick with this version and bask in the wonder that is Blaine Anderson and the start of one of the most groundbreaking relationships at the time on mainstream TV.
“Got To Get You Into My Life”
Fast forward to Season 5, and what has to be one of my favourite Klaine duets (and there are many), with another Beatles song. This song was used to celebrate Kurt and Blaine reuniting after the break up in Season 4, and it gives us a chance to see the playful side of the couple.
Marry The Night
Another iconic performance from Season 5 with the introduction of Starchild (Adam Lambert) with a phenomenal cover. Lambert’s inclusion in Season 5 gave us some cracking songs and although they are all out of this world, this song is what blew us all away when Starchild hit NYC. I am still sad that Lambert just vanished without trace.
“Not The Boy Next Door”
I have just two words for you all … GOLD PANTS! This song is truly one of the best performances Colfer gave in the show, and it’s another Broadway classic. The song which features in The Boy From Oz was Kurt’s audition song for NYADA and the fact he didn’t get in after this performance remains one of my ultimate WTF moments. Listening to Colfer slay that end high note is still one of the best things I have on my playlists.
“Don’t Stop Me Now”
Darren Criss playing the piano and singing Queen in a black leather jacket, I mean what’s not to love. Although I love it when Criss sang slower ballads, I always loved it when he got to let his wilder side loose.
The Monkees standard is one of my favourite songs, and when it was announced that it would be the final Klaine duet I nearly exploded with excitement. And when we saw a now married Klaine singing this to a room full of children, my fangirl heart couldn’t handle it. The song suited Criss and Colfer’s voices perfectly and it was a wonderful way to say goodbye to our boys.
This song was the closing number in the last ever episode of the show, and it allowed us to say goodbye to all the people we had grown to love over six seasons, and the on stage reunion was just everything. I still can’t listen to this song without welling up, and watching the video is even more tear jerking as we saw everyone on the stage together one final time, and the inclusion of the photo of Finn at the end just finishes me off every single time.
So there we have it, there are some of my favourite Glee songs, they are not all of them by any stretch but just the ones that mean the most to me.